Oct. 6: Cyberpunk Cinema, music and more

Courtesy photoThe War on Drugs

Courtesy photoThe War on Drugs

Who's in town

Jim Lahr, dramatic critic for The New Yorker, discusses his book, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” in conversation with Carey Perloff, artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater. [7 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Lectures

Long-term goals: PayPal co-founder and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel speaks about harnessing the power of long-term thinking in his new book, “Zero to One.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Flour + Water: Learn how chef Thomas McNaughton turned a $500 stove and a simple concept into Flour + Water, one of the most respected Italian restaurants in town. “Mythbusters” star Adam Savage appears in conversation with McNaughton. A cocktail hour precedes the talk, and a dinner follows. [6:30 p.m. program, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Poverty fight: Mal Warwick, co-author of “The Business Solution to Poverty,” says the private sector can fight poverty by creating income-generating products to help the poor escape poverty. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Neuroscience and the teenage brain: The Parents Coalition invites Dr. Dan Siegal to speak about his latest book, “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,” which explores the notion that youths' brains are designed for social connections and innovation. [7:30 p.m., Lick Wilmerding High School, 770 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

'Family Portraits': Writer Sam Orchard is touring the country to speak about “Family Portraits,” an inclusive series about who people who are LGBT and more. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Spooky crafts: Halloween is almost here, so it's the perfect time to learn the ancient art of making spiders out of pipe cleaners. [10:30 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Writer talk: James Beard Award winner John Birdsall discusses his creative nonfiction. [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Design: Colin Applegate and Karen Glik's art consultancy in Washington, D.C., works with architects and designers to identify needs and find opportunities for artwork in projects. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Walking tour: Explore the historic Palace Hotel, where President Warren G. Harding died in the presidential room. [3 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Bar cinema: Cyberpunk Cinema screens classic cyberpunk films twice a month at The Knockout bar. Tonight's film is 1983's “Videodrome.” [6:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Open-mic comedy: The new Doc's Lab hosts an open-mic comedy night. [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Comedy night: “Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night puts the “fun” back in dysfunctional living. [9 p.m., The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

Music: The War on Drugs, hailing from Philadelphia, hits the West Coast with a new album, “Lost in the Dream.” [8 p.m., Filllmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

arts

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